Finalizing my crowdsource request for contributions to getting the book published on Indiegogo.com Here is one of the passages from the book that I am using in the campaign.
Flee for your lives!
Risor awakens to the tolling of the bells and yelling coming from the streets below. Racing to the hallway, he meets other family members and servants. Everyone is demanding to know what is going on, with servants charging off in all directions to try and get some answers. Rosan orders everyone back to dress and prepare a few changes of clothes.
Maybe the Ramans have finally decided to strike the Atlantean colonies on this side of the world. Risor quickly dressed and went down to the house courtyard below. Servants were hustling back and forth with his father directing actions. A small stack of bags and such were already gathered in the courtyard.
“What is going on father?” cried Risor.
“We do not know yet but the order is to evacuate to the hills.”
In moments, an officer of the town guard comes through the front gate with one of the servants sent to find out what is going on.
“My lords, Sub-commander Ruland. We are ordering an evacuation of the city. There is a great flood coming from the north and it will be here in one to two hours. Please gather what you can easily carry and head out the Morning Gate. It will be the quickest way to the hills.” turning to Rosan. “Elder Councilman Tarnor, Councilman Zailor advises the council should meet at Sun’s Farewell bluff as soon as possible. We will maintain that as our headquarters until the crisis is over.”
“Sub-commander, what of the vailixi? I have some of my unit here.” Risor asked.
“All of the vailixi are in the air going north or to Sun’s Farewell bluff as part of the command hub. I believe that means your craft as well, sir.”
Rosan put his hand on Risor’s shoulder. “Son, I need you here to help me with our household.”
“I will stay father, but I need to make sure that my people are okay. Thank you sub-commander.” As the guardsman saluted and then left.
“Flood eh?” Risor remembered what Tolen said. “Father if this is related to what Tolen told us before, it could be very bad.”
“Yes he told us too. We need to get everyone moving.”
Within fifteen minutes, the family, servants and baggage was on the move. While not running, especially since it was still a long distance, the group moved quickly. Along with hundreds of other fleeing residents.
Within the city proper, the streets are well lit and it was easy to see dropped items that someone before them had second thoughts about taking. The streets were strewn with debris from those fleeing. Luckily for the Tarnors, their home opened onto one of the main thoroughfares and they quickly exited the city gate.
The road was lit for a ways but soon the city lights were no longer available. Hundreds were on the road to the hills with all manner of wagons or animals as beasts of burden. Risor would not mind having one of the aether wagons at this time, that would allow them to pretty much run along side the road a few feet off the ground. They couldn’t stay on the road with all the other people but as long as the ground near the road was flat they could use that.
With only star light, the occasional torch or aether light to light their way it was pretty scary for those fleeing. They moved on pretty much in silence so they can hear when the waters are coming. The silence was broken by vailixi occasionally flying overhead with their aether lights beaming along the road. The light showed how much junk was already thrown to the sides as people feared not making it and threw their belongings away to move quicker.
Risor believes they were half way to the hills when up ahead an animal bellowed and then an aether spear shot the beast. Many of the animals near Risor’s family were getting skittish, which Risor thought meant the flood is getting closer. He had heard Tolen say that animals have a sense, like those who control the use of aether, to detect when danger is coming.
When they got to where the beast was killed, they saw a group trying to remove it from the road.
“Citizens, leave it, it is to one side and there is little time. Pick up your gear and move on.” Said Rosan to the crowd.
The people didn’t seem to need much convincing, they dropped their holds on the beast and moved on.
“Father, the beast will still block any larger wagons coming up the road.” Rina finally spoke, she seemed in a state of shock since leaving their home.
“Honey, any wagon that big will not move quickly with all these people in the way and if it did, it would more than likely run people over.” When she didn’t say anything, he added, “Better that one wagon be left than many people harmed in the driver’s attempt to reach safety.” Again no response.